Amanda Linehan


Amanda Linehan is a fiction writer, indie author and INFP. She has published five novels, six short stories and two short story collections. Her stories have been read by readers in 86 countries. Amanda has been self publishing since 2012. Her short fiction has been published in Every Day Fiction and in the Beach Life anthology published by Cat & Mouse Press. She lives in Maryland, likes to be outside and writes with her cat sleeping on the floor beside her desk.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing fiction in the summer of 2009. I found a couple of flash fiction prompts and completed two stories that I felt pretty good about. That fall, in November, I participated in NaNoWriMo and wrote my first novel.

That novel will always just be practice, and will remain on my computer for the duration of it's life. ;)
What is your writing process?
My writing process is always, at least a little bit, in flux. Currently, I get an idea (often while driving) or I go from a writing prompt and simply begin writing the story. I don't outline or make any notes, although I may have thought about the idea at length depending on when it first popped in my mind, I just sit down in front of my laptop and let the story take shape as my fingers move across the keyboard.

This is a scary, but exciting, way to write. There is always the possibility that I will write myself into a place that I can't get out of, or that I will inadvertently introduce some horrible inconsistency that I can't fix later on. This hasn't happened yet (fingers crossed!), but there is always the risk that it will. I think that's why I like it. ;)
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Where to find Amanda Linehan online


The Beach House (A Short Tale of Horror)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,540. Language: American English. Published: September 15, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » General
Kari just wanted a relaxing week away from home. Instead, she got the vacation from hell. Terrified, she tries to unravel the mystery of what’s going on in the beach house before it’s too late. With the clues stacking up, it’s clear that something evil resides in the house and wants Kari to do its bidding...
Teens, Trees and Tests: A Collection of Three Young Adult Novels
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 170,300. Language: American English. Published: July 6, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense
Three contemporary young adult novels. One book. Filled with thrills, chills, humor and romance, these novels are sure to keep fans of contemporary YA reading far into the night. Teens, Trees and Tests is a collection of three contemporary young adult novels for people who love coming of age stories, teens in peril and all the humor that high school offers.
Productivity For INFPs
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 33,100. Language: American English. Published: February 10, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Personality, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity
Do you need to “get your act together”? Have you been telling yourself that for years? Consider that maybe you don’t need to get your act together. Maybe you just need productivity methods that work for you. If you have big ideas and the drive to create, this book will give you the tools you need to bring those ideas to life and get them out into the world. Because the world needs you.
Bored To Death
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 85,650. Language: American English. Published: June 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Vampire Victoria is a hunter, but now she’s the hunted. After a chance meeting with an eerily familiar stranger, she realizes she’s in grave danger. Though immortal, she learns of a loophole that would resign her to a horrible fate... The line between the living and the dead is cracking, and she is the only one who can mend it.
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 67,510. Language: American English. Published: October 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
Jayne is on the run with a bag full of stolen money, a new friend she met while stealing his car, and an old adversary out to get her. Searching for a better life, her past finally catches up with her future and she must decide whether to keep running or return home to rebuild the life she left.
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,720. Language: American English. Published: November 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
NaNoWriMo 2015 book. Last updated 2015-11-30 17:44:18
Jemi is in way over her head. And things keep getting more complicated.Will Jemi lose her mind? Will she graduate from high school? Will she commune with the spirits of the lake? Maybe. Because in Lakeside, there’s always more than what meets the eye…
Father McMahon's Confession: A Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 1,580. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
Father McMahon has precisely fifteen minutes. That's when the demon will come. He must gather up all his strength, along with the most powerful holy instruments, in order to confront it. And when it arrives, he will face his most important test yet. A confession.
Ghost Coach: A Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 3,710. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(2.50 from 2 reviews)
Sarah hasn't been sleeping well. Turns out, she has a ghost in her house. But this ghost has a problem. And only Sarah can solve it.
Execution Day: A Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 2,890. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
They want him dead. The most dangerous man in the city. Will it be by poison? Or maybe an "accident"? Or maybe by a good old-fashioned gunshot wound? That's what they're here to decide, but by any method, one thing is for certain. Execution day is coming.
The Test
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 54,180. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense
Seventeen-year-old Silver has a problem. And she’ll do whatever it takes to get what she wants. In one night, Silver will risk everything she’s worked for, relationships will be tested and danger will lurk around every corner. Will Silver pull it off? Or will she lose everything?
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 40,920. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Seventeen-year-old Marissa and her friends are lost. Seeking the truth about a mysterious death deep in the forest, they can’t find their way out. And now they’re trapped. With all of the dangers that lurk in the dark woods, they’re just trying to make it to first light. Will they find a way out of the darkness? Or will it claim them all?

Smashwords book reviews by Amanda Linehan

  • Thank You for Ten: Short Fiction About a Little Theater on July 14, 2015

    Funny, insightful stories. Really enjoyed these short stories and learned a ton about theatre life!
  • Flowers of Dionysus on Jan. 22, 2016

    Despite not knowing much about theater, I found this story enjoyable. It's a quiet book in a lot of ways, but moved along quickly and didn't leave me uninterested in too many places. The characters are fantastic, and one of the things I liked best about this book. I also enjoyed the paranormal elements in this story, which don't occur until some ways in, but you'll definitely know once you get there.